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Library Exhibition: A Veritable tool for Promoting Collections and Services in Nigerian Libraries

Asaolu, Aderonke Olufunke and Fagbohun, Michael and Osinulu, Ifeakachuku (2015) Library Exhibition: A Veritable tool for Promoting Collections and Services in Nigerian Libraries. International Journal of Academic Library and Information Science, 3 (3). pp. 97-105. ISSN 2360 - 7858

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This study investigated exhibition practices and challenges militating against it in Nigerian libraries. The study employed case study approach and 29 libraries were represented. Data collection instrument was a structured questionnaire which was administered at Nigeria Library Association (NLA) Cataloguing, Indexing and Classification Section workshop held in Makurdi, Benue State in year 2013, and method of data analysis was simple percentages. The study revealed that majority of Nigerian libraries (62.1%) were currently involved in exhibition and displays, 69% of libraries hold only physical exhibition, 45% frequently hold exhibitions between 3–6 months while others (58.6%) lasted between 1–4 weeks. The purpose of exhibition include: education, awareness, increased sense of aesthetic and promotion of available resources. Lack of exhibition policy (96.6%), lack of display equipment (93.1%), lack of formal training 86.2%, and inadequate resources – money, space (82.8%) were identified as inhibitors to library exhibition and displays in Nigeria. Physical exhibition and display is predominant. There is a need to explore the use of electronic resources, social networking sites and the Internet for online exhibition. The management of Nigerian libraries should provide exhibition guidelines, display equipment and materials needed for mounting exhibition, training for exhibit librarians and library schools should incorporate exhibition into the curriculum.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Exhibition, Library service, Nigeria, Promotion, Exhibition Challenges
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z719 Libraries (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Education
Depositing User: Mrs Aderonke Olufunke Asaolu
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2015 15:16
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2015 15:16

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